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Shifting Culture: Diversity and Inclusion Conversations: Value All Voices Part I

with Katya Stewart-Sweeny
June 14 / 6:00 PM - June 14 / 7:30 PM

Please pay what you can afford to attend this event if the registration fee is an obstacle - see below*

Value all Voices Part I - Understanding and Valuing Diversity in Our Community

Katya will lead us in a process called "Serial Testimony" using the beautiful book of paintings, “In My Family - En Mi Familia.” In dyads, we will speak- timed and uninterrupted- from our own experience and without reference to what anyone else has said. We will use the idea of “windows and mirrors,” the notion that learning about diversity gives us the opportunity to have both “windows” into experiences that are different than our own, and “mirrors” that allow us to see our experiences reflected back. Our own life experiences inform the rich “curriculum” of looking at the variety of human experience. There will be opportunities for speaking, listening and discussion, and ways to explore how to respectfully communicate and value each voice.
We will have time for discussion.

About the leader, Katya Sweeney-Stewart:

Katya Stewart-Sweeney, a member of FCSMC, has led classes and workshops related to social justice, diversity and inclusion, since 2005.  She has attended many local and national conferences to further her skills and training in this area.  As part of her role as advisor for CSU Business undergraduates, she formed and advised a student group called Business Diversity and Leadership Alliance (BDLA.)  Katya co-taught a course for these students called Social Justice and Leadership, from 2005 through 2015. In the class, she infused contemplative and experiential education models to help the students explore their identities and values- through learning about combatting the “isms”: racism, sexism, heterosexism, age-ism, classism, able-ism, etc.
Katya was recognized in May 2019 by CSU’s Office of International Programs with their “Distinguished Service Award” for her work with international students, going above and beyond to aid in the goal of internationalizing Colorado State University.

* Pay what you can afford

In order to make our programs accessible to everyone, we have a “pay what you can afford” policy.  If the program price is an obstacle for you, please decide what works for you and offer whatever you can. You may write in that amount in the "Notes" when you register online & pay during registration on the day of the event.

For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a “patron price”. Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.

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